Sydney University Football Club member Paddy Ryan was presented with the 2015 Community Service Award at the annual Rugby Union Players Association luncheon last week.

The Waratahs and Wallabies prop has been a long-time advocate for breaking down the stigmas associated with depression and mental health.

Ryan was selected to represent RUPA and all of its members at the world’s leading forum for social impact, Good Pitch Australia 2015. He also gave many hours back to the community in various appearances at coaching clinics, for Macquarie Bank and charity work with Starlight and Batyr.

The finalists for the RUPA Community Service Award included Ben Daley, Tim Metcher, Jordan Smiler and Joe Tomane.

SUFC’s Ben McCalman and Israel Folau were finalists for the RUPA Medal for Excellence which was awarded to Brumbies and Wallabies flanker David Pocock. Other finalists included Liam Gill, Scott Higginbotham, Greg Holmes, Michael Hooper, Steve Mafi, Sean McMahon and Ita Vaea.

Another SUFC member, Greg Jeloudev, was a finalist for the Academic Achievement Award, while Ed Jenkins was a finalist for the Men’s Sevens Players’ Player.